Published on : Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Dig It! 2017, the year-long celebration of archaeology, has been coordinating the Scotland-wide search. Over 12,000 votes have been cast over the last two months and with the polls now closed, the winners have been revealed:
Govan Stones, Glasgow
Ardrossan Castle, North Ayrshire
The Howff, Dundee
James Watt Cottage, Bo’ness (Falkirk)
Campbeltown Picture House, Argyll & Bute
Lincluden Collegiate Church, Dumfries & Galloway
With over 2,000 votes, the Govan Stones was the most popular site. The collection consists of 31 medieval stones carved in the Viking era, including carved crosses and five Viking hogback stones. Ardrossan Castle, a medieval ruin which once played host to some of Scotland’s most powerful people including William Wallace, came in second place.
The Howff, a 453-year-old graveyard, landed in third place with over 1,000 votes. Fourth place was claimed by James Watt Cottage – the former workshop of the inventor James Watt, whose steam engine played a key role in the Industrial Revolution.
Campbeltown Picture House, one of the earliest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the UK, came in fifth place with over 800 votes. The final spot was claimed by Lincluden Collegiate Church, where visitors can still find angels and cherubs carved in the stone.
As part of the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites were celebrated with six events in April. The organisers then set out to find six “lesser-known” sites to bring them into the spotlight as well.
The ‘Scotland in Six – Hidden Gems’ campaign began in June after 28 sites were nominated by local groups and organisations. Voting took place on Facebook, where one “like” equalled one vote.The six winning Hidden Gems sites are now preparing to mark their victory with six events during Scottish Archaeology Month in September.